Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

Jun 25, 2016

Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

The telegraph poles that once lined Okinawa’s Route 58 have long gone, but the great coastal avenue still reminds me a little of the Dire Straits song “Telegraph Road.” Like the lyrics of Mark Knopfler’s extended anthem, Route 58 is a journey through time, ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

How Karun Thakar, a passionate collector of textiles, acquired his assortment of kimono is a story in itself. Exposed to fabric techniques in his mother’s couture shop in Delhi, Thakar’s growing curiosity repeatedly took him to Istanbul and Peshawar as he amassed of a ...

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

Apr 16, 2016

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

The late Donald Richie lived at apartment number 804 in a block directly facing Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The writer would lead visitors through his home’s dimly lit entrance area — crammed with bookshelves — and his minuscule living room to the ...

Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

Mar 19, 2016

Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

The open valley basins of Gifu Prefecture at the very center of Honshu, where the town of Sekigahara lies, were easily co-opted as theaters of war. It's no coincidence, given the martial history of the region, that the town of Seki was once known ...